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August 21, 2020 | Via Al Jazeera

EU’s Barnier Says Brexit Deal Unlikely

The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said he is worried at the lack of progress in the latest round of Brexit trade talks, warning that a deal looked unlikely. Barnier lodged his warning on Friday at the close of the seventh round of trade talks, which again got stuck on key issues, mainly fishing rights and competition rules.

August 21, 2020 | Via Reuters

Navalny’s Aide Optimistic Politician could Soon Fly to Germany

German doctors have been allowed access to the hospitalized Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, raising the hope that authorities might allow him to be transferred to Germany for treatment soon, his chief of staff said. Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s right-hand man, said what he described as the sudden and unexpected decision of doctors in Omsk not to release Navalny to the waiting air ambulance, was a cover-up to prevent the world finding out what happened to him.

August 21, 2020 | Via AP News

Mali’s Junta Spokesman Promises Transition to Civilian Rule

The military junta ruling Mali following this week’s coup is seeking a transitional president to return the country civilian rule, the group’s spokesman said. His words come as West African leaders are escalating pressure on the junta and urging them to restore President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to power. Wague, however, denied that the junta had carried out a coup d’etat, saying that Mali still has constitutional order.

August 21, 2020 | Via Libya

Libya’s Rival Authorities Announce Ceasefire

Libya’s rival authorities have announced an immediate ceasefire. The Tripoli-based and internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) published a statement that also calls for elections in March next year. The truce was also agreed by an ally of Gen Khalifa Haftar, who controls large parts of the east and south of Libya. Libya has been riven by violence since Col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed by Nato-backed forces in 2011.

August 21, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Human Consumption of the Earth’s Resources Declined in 2020

The rate at which humanity is consuming the Earth’s resources declined sharply this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to researchers. Consequently, Earth Overshoot Day, the point at which human consumption exceeds the amount nature can regenerate in a year, has moved back by over three weeks from 29 July in 2019 to 22 August this year.

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